Social Topics Kits

The social topics kits were created to help public library staff within the state of Colorado better understand important and timely social topics, serve traditionally under-served populations, and to give staff the tools needed to host and facilitate critical community conversations, mending fences within the community. We hope that using the kits will help establish the library as a place for civil dialog in our communities.

These kits are a way to authentically engage with members of your community and generate public knowledge that can then be used to

  • inform decision-making of all kinds,
  • hone in on people’s concerns, aspirations, and thought processes about a given issue in relation to your community,
  • inform how you engage the community by welcoming new people and opening the door to new relationships. This creates the opportunity for new partners and coalitions.

We currently have four kits available for loan. Click on the Climate Crisis, Homelessness, LGBTQ+, or Reentry sections below for additional information about each of these kits.

Climate Crisis Kit

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Climatologists and scientists in general are in overwhelming agreement: the planet is heating and that heating is caused by greenhouse gas emissions as a direct result of human activity. There is widespread acceptance of the threat of the mounting climate crisis. According to a 2021 Yale study, 72% of American adults agree that global warming is happening, but only 35% discuss global warming at least occasionally. With this kit, the Colorado State Library provides you with the tools needed to help make this necessary conversation easier to have, as well as ways that you can help protect the planet.

The main purposes of the kit:

  • To provide libraries and other cultural heritage institutions across the state of Colorado with tools to facilitate community dialog on the climate crisis.
  • To provide educational resources containing the scientific facts of what is happening to the global climate, what the root causes are, and what present-day conditions are contributing to human-made global heating.
  • To combat feelings of powerlessness and “doom and gloom thinking” by providing positive guidance for making changes for the good of the environment and the ways in which institutions and individuals can take action by working together toward practicable solutions.

Contents

  • Clipboard 
    • Quick start guide
    • Evaluation form
  • Green Climate Crisis Kit binder 
    • Green key-shaped USB drive
  • Red Further Reading binder
  • ‘Escape the Climate Crisis!’ blue strongbox
  • UV flashlight for escape room
  • Timer for escape room
  • Sample books (16 total)
  • Metal stamp kit in black zip pouch
  • Bubble bag containing macramé craft supplies and book
  • Bubble bag containing art craft supplies
  • Bubble bag containing cardstock/craft paper
  • Solar Charger power bank portable charger
  • Electricity Usage Monitor
  • The Mindfulness Game cards in bubble bag
  • ‘Global Warning’ board game
  • Giveaways in bubble bag
Download Binder ContentActivities, templates, and more

This kit is intended for people of all ages, and has resources for library staff as well as patrons. It includes activities for:

Youth learning about the climate crisis
Younger people are the key audience for this kit as the burden of the climate crisis will undoubtedly be heaviest on our youngest generations and the generations to come. You will encounter age-appropriate information on the climate crisis and suggestions of how the youth of today and tomorrow can become leaders who make a difference in their own sphere of influence.

Adults learning about the climate crisis
This kit includes suggested readings that are intended to reflect the full scope of the climate problem. The activities and information in this binder will also give suggestions for making an impact as we go about our day-to-day lives.

Library staff
We’ve included materials to help library staff from all areas of the library to help bring climate education into the library and make your library a model organization in the fight for climate justice. The books included in this kit are intended to be browsed by kit users, and serve as recommendations for titles to include in public library collections and displays or other programming.

Solutions 

Organizations

  • A list of environmental groups in Colorado: https://www.environmentalgroups.us/colorado/ 
  • https://350colorado.org/ – “The largest Colorado-based grassroots network focused on taking action to stop climate change.”
  • https://www.sunrisemovement.org/ – “The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.”
  • https://www.ran.org/ – “Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.”
  • https://www.dosomething.org – “Young people have ignited a global movement to solve our climate crisis, and you can join them. Whether it’s marching, recycling, planting trees, or conserving water, we’ve got easy and actionable ways to Do Something for the environment. Join a campaign below to get started. Let’s Do This!”
  • https://ourkidsclimate.org/ – “Our Kids’ Climate was started in 2015, by Swedish parent group Vara Barns Klimat to bring the perspective of concerned parents to the Paris Climate Summit.”
  • https://juliesbicycle.com/ – “Julie’s Bicycle is a pioneering not-for-profit, mobilizing the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis.”
  • https://www.ienearth.org/ – “Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.”
  • https://www.epa.gov/ –  “The mission of [the United States Environmental Protection Agency] is to protect human health and the environment.“
  • https://www.c40.org/ – “A global network of mayors taking urgent action to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone can thrive.”
  • https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/chapters/# – “Citizens’ Climate Lobby organizes by establishing local chapters in congressional districts. If you don’t live near a CCL chapter, we will connect you with other CCL volunteers in your state. Working as a team, in your chapter or in your state, you’ll experience the profound difference people can make by empowering and inspiring their elected representatives, local media, and community.”
  • https://climatenetwork.org/ – “Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of more than 1,900 civil society organisations in over 130 countries driving collective and sustainable action to fight the climate crisis and to achieve social and racial justice. CAN convenes and coordinates civil society at the UN climate talks and other international fora.”
  • https://www.eldersclimateaction.org/ – “We are elders, including grandparents, great aunts and great uncles who care about the future for all children. As Elders Climate Action members, we are determined to do all we can to leave a sustainable planet for future generations.”
  • https://www.foei.org/ – “Friends of the Earth International is the world’s largest grassroots environmental federation with 73 national member groups and millions of members and supporters around the world.” 
  • https://www.climatecardinals.org/ – “Climate Cardinals is an international youth-led nonprofit working to make the climate movement more accessible to those who don’t speak English. We aim to educate and empower a diverse coalition of people to tackle the climate crisis.”
  • https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ – “Greenpeace is a global network of independent campaigning organizations that use peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.”
  • https://rebellion.global/ – “Life on Earth is in crisis. Our climate is changing faster than scientists predicted and the stakes are high. Biodiversity loss. Crop failure. Social and ecological collapse. Mass extinction. We are running out of time, and our governments have failed to act. Extinction Rebellion was formed to fix this.”
  • https://fridaysforfuture.org/ – “We are fighting for our future and our lives because they are directly threatened by the climate crisis and the ecological breakdown. We are taking action against it because we want to protect the beauty of the earth, the diversity of species and the lives of all beings. Our goal is to overcome the climate crisis and to create a society that lives in harmony with its fellow beings and its environment. “
  • https://www.edf.org/ – Environmental Defence Fund – “We began in 1967, as a scrappy group of scientists and a lawyer on Long Island, New York, fighting to save osprey from the toxic pesticide DDT. Using scientific evidence, our founders got DDT banned nationwide. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading environmental organizations. In the U.S., Fortune magazine called our board one of the country’s most influential nonprofit boards. And science still guides everything we do.”
  • https://earthjustice.org/ – “Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.”
  • https://ecocycle.org/ – “A mission-driven, nonprofit social enterprise spreading Zero Waste solutions in Boulder County and beyond.”
  • https://www.ourclimatevoices.org/ – “Our mission is to humanize the climate disaster through storytelling, contribute to a shift in the climate change dialogue that puts the voices of those most impacted at the forefront of the conversation, and to connect people with ways to support the community-based climate solution-making work that frontline and vulnerable communities are already doing to combat climate impacts.”
  • https://www.wlrv.org/– “Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(3) that organizes thousands of volunteers each year to complete more than 150 conservation projects throughout Colorado.” Their mission is, “Building diverse communities that care for the land.” Volunteering with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is a great way to gain hands-on experience with natural resource conservation and connect to your community.
  • https://resourcecentral.org/– Resource Central is “an award-winning nonprofit in Boulder, Colorado determined to make conservation so simple that you don’t even realize you’re doing it.” Resource Central provides programs to help front range community members save water, conserve energy, and reduce waste.
  • https://www.clientearth.org/ – “We are a team of over 250 people across eight offices, dedicated to protecting life on Earth. We work in over 50 countries, ingeniously using the law to create systemic change. We focus on the most pressing environmental challenges, because a future in which people and planet thrive together isn’t just possible – it’s essential.”
  • https://womeninsustainability.org/ – “Women in Sustainability is an inclusive organization that brings together women and allies who are passionate about environmental sustainability to connect, learn, and collaborate to fight climate change and social injustice through education and advocacy.”
  • https://coloradowaterwise.org/ – “Colorado WaterWise represents the Colorado water conservation community. We connect stakeholders that are invested in water efficiency in the State of Colorado in order to foster innovation and dissemination of education and technology.”
  • https://ecocycle.org/ – “Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest mission-based recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the US, and an innovator in resource conservation. We perform mission-based business activities, such as operating the Boulder County Recycling Center, providing Zero Waste business services, and creating the nation’s first Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM).”

Colorado Specific

Learning 

Stories/Reporting

Film lists

Conversations

Climate Conversation Guide – Climate for Change 

Starting The Conversation – Five Tips On How To Talk To Climate Deniers In Your Family https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/starting-conversation-five-tips-how-talk-climate-deniers-your-family 

https://rebellion.global/blog/2020/12/04/conversation-with-climate-sceptic/ ‘How To Have a Conversation with a Climate Change Sceptic’ – Extinction Rebellion

https://climate-xchange.org/communicating-the-climate-crisis/ Communicating the Climate Crisis is a report by Maria Virginia Olano, Communications Director at Climate XChange. Includes resources and discussion on the challenges in climate communication & lessons on communicating the climate crisis.

https://climatechangeconversationsinlibraries.org/resources/ – Ideas for climate change events;  Material for reading, watching, listening; Solidarity, emotional support and inspiration; World Cafe (in a Box) –

Libraries

Toolkits and other resources

Glossaries 

Games

Articles:

Free Online Videos

Lists

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, 2020 (runtime: 1:13:20)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUHdTDwdq8U&ab_channel=FREEMOVIES

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. 

Colorado Voices: Climate Change, 2022, Rocky Mountain PBS (runtime: 26:40)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kPhi2AHNto&ab_channel=RockyMountainPBS 

Coloradans face climate change effects first-hand throughout all the seasons. From record high-temperatures to changes in water systems, the impacts are not going unnoticed. Many Coloradans are now coming up with big and small ways to do their part to help the environment.

Single-Stream Recycling — Leading the Way to Zero Waste, 2011 (runtime: 15:16)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaTpL8nl7c 

Get an in-depth look at the single-stream recycling process at the Boulder County Recycling Center. The 15-minute tour begins at the curbside recycling bin and follows the single-stream materials to the tipping floor of the Boulder County Recycling Center.

Plastic Bag by Ramin Bahrani, 2009 (runtime: 18:02)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkbT50O7scc&ab_channel=GiganticStudios 

In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag (voice of Werner Herzog) goes on an epic journey in search of its lost Maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. (Wikipedia)

Climate Scientist Answers Earth Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED, 2022 (runtime: 15:07)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR46_ohNh9U&ab_channel=WIRED 

Climate scientist Dr. Peter Kalmus answers the internet’s burning questions about our planet. Are there any other planets we can live on yet? Why is the coral reef dying? How does the carbon cycle work? How much longer until Florida is underwater? Dr. Kalmus answers all these questions and much more.

Causes and Effects of Climate Change | National Geographic (runtime: 3:04)

What causes climate change (also known as global warming)? And what are the effects of climate change? Learn the human impact and consequences of climate change for the environment, and our lives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4H1N_yXBiA&ab_channel=NationalGeographic 

Ted Talks (runtime generally less than 20 minutes)

Climate change: It’s real, and our response will take two forms: slowing it down if we can … and learning to live with the change we can’t stop anymore. Watch these TED Talks for a primer on the issue of our times.

https://www.ted.com/topics/climate+change 

Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs (runtime: 1:39:56)

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will  — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late. Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Van Jones, Vinod Khosla, Koch Brothers, Vandana Shiva, General Motors, 350.org, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nature Conservancy, Elon Musk, Tesla.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE&ab_channel=MichaelMoore 

Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ (runtime: 4:34)

‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg has told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMrtLsQbaok&ab_channel=GuardianNews 

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye | National Geographic (runtime 4:09)

Climate Change is a real and serious issue. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a solution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtW2rrLHs08&ab_channel=NationalGeographic 

Climate Scientist Answers Earth Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED (runtime: 15:07)

Climate scientist Dr. Peter Kalmus answers the internet’s burning questions about our planet. Are there any other planets we can live on yet? Why is the coral reef dying? How does the carbon cycle work? How much longer until Florida is underwater? Dr. Kalmus answers all these questions and much more.

https://youtu.be/GR46_ohNh9U 

Our Changing Climate, playlist of climate topic videos by PBD Terra (runtime varies)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGAVhTrVaXg&list=PLnNZYWyBGJ1HPCI4hskew4h-PxrkaKmfr&ab_channel=PBSTerra 

Earth currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction, according to scientists | 60 Minutes segment (runtime: 13:16)

Leading biologist tells Scott Pelley humans would need “five more Earths” to maintain our current way of life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TqhcZsxrPA&ab_channel=60Minutes 

Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox (runtime varies)

Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series takes what can seem like an overwhelming problem and breaks it down into manageable parts: from clean energy to food waste, religion to smartphones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZ7BJQupVA&list=PLJ8cMiYb3G5fP5oq01TBp9fgh70vDDSMe&ab_channel=Vox 

Podcasts

https://www.degreespod.com/ A Matter of Degrees

“Join Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson as they tell stories about the powerful forces behind climate change — and the tools we have to fix it.”

https://gimletmedia.com/shows/howtosaveaplanet How to Save a Planet 

“Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling… energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as we bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we’re in and how we can get ourselves out of it.”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-climate-pod/id1469270123 The Climate Pod 

“The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at the heart of the climate crisis.”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reversing-climate-change/id1321759767 Reversing Climate Change

“A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change.”

https://inlandoceancoalition.org/rising_tide_podcast/ Rising Tide

“Hosted by Blue Frontier’s Executive Director, David Helvarg and Inland Ocean Coalition’s Executive Director, Vicki Nichols Goldstein. You will meet today’s ocean champions, including senators, scientists, surfers, and youth activists. We will cover a range of issues, including climate change, overfishing, and plastic pollution. This podcast aims to give you information, inspiration, and motivation (along with a few laughs) to help understand our ocean world and make it better. The ocean is rising, so are we!”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-big-switch/id1571177675 The Big Switch

“To slow climate change, we need to transform our homes, buildings, cars, and economy quickly. “The Big Switch” explains how to rebuild the energy systems all around us. Dr. Melissa Lott of Columbia University brings together historical examples, current events, and incisive analysis to give listeners a deep understanding of the solutions to climate change.”

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/786/its-a-game-show/act-two-9 This American Life segment, ‘You Bet Your Planet’s Life!’

“Is it possible for the U.S. to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement? What steps would we have to take to cut emissions by 50% by 2030? We challenge climate researcher Melissa Lott to get us to that number. (11 minutes)”

Download Binder ContentActivities, templates, and more

 

A Kid’s Guide To Climate Change printable comic

Further reading documents:

  1. Fact sheet – North America Climate Change Impacts and Risks – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – December 2022
  2. Special Report: Global Warming Of 1.5 ºC: Summary for Policymakers, IPCC
  3. Climate Change FAQ, by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute – February 2021
  4. Frequently Asked Questions, by the IPCC 
  5. Skeptic Arguments and What The Science Says, by skepticalscience.com
  6. Think Globally, Adapt Locally – Colorado Counties Health and Climate Index, by the Colorado Health Institute – June 2022
  7. Colorado 2050: Why We Need Climate Resiliency To Protect Our Communities and Way of Life
  8. Climate Change and Homelessness, by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – Issue Brief 2022
  9. Climate Change and Adaptation, Colorado Water Center – June 2021 
  10. Committing To Climate Action : Equitable Pathways For Meeting Colorado’s Climate Goals, Evolved Energy, Gridlab, NRDC, Sierra Club – September 2020
  11. Study: Climate Change Skepticism and Denial, by Oliver Mehling – January 2020
  12. Report: The State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado 2022, by Eco-Cycle
  13. Turn it around! An education guide to climate futures. Arizona State University and Artists’ Literacies Institute – 2022
  14. American Clean Power Association fact sheets
  15. Debunking Handbook, by various scholars – 2020
  16. Climate glossary for young people, by UNICEF, 2020
  17. CU Environmental Center Zero Waste Bullseye 
  18. Climate change questions for the classroom
  19. Together We Can Make a Difference visualization, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  20. SMARTIE Goals Worksheet 1 & 2
How to borrow a kit
To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The loan period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at – https://forms.gle/MyRRnFyu97A1ZCxd6

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future.

Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit Contents checklist on the back cover of the included binder. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.


Homelessness Kit

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This kit is intended to be a starting point for libraries to reach and support those without stable housing within their communities. It includes several books for both adults and children, activities and programs for those experiencing homelessness including sharing their story, engaging and dialoguing with the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local services.
There are also several homeless simulation activities, including a game for those who have never experienced homelessness. Learn new ideas for starting a related works book club events and story time events to help discuss the topic of homelessness with children, teens and anyone in your community.

Also included in the kit are resources for the library staff to review best practices for serving the homeless. Key to this kit are resources to help your library convene a community conversation.

People Experiencing Homelessness

Programs and activities for those experiencing homelessness including telling their story, dialoguing with the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local services.

People Learning About Homelessness

  • Participate in a facilitated homeless simulation game.
  • Take part in a community conversation.
  • Create Care Kits for distribution to people who are homeless.
  • Participate in a book club event to read related works and discuss with others.

Internal Staff

Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around homelessness, and strengthen community ties.

Library staff can

  • participate in a facilitated homeless simulation game,
  • review best practices for serving the homeless,
  • establish partnerships with community service providers,
  • research local services for the homeless,
  • create resources lists and maps for takeaway,
  • organize, promote and facilitate a community conversation, and
  • organize and facilitate a book club event to read related works and discuss with the public.

People who were formerly incarcerated

Programs and activities for those transitioning from incarceration to your community, including telling their story, dialoguing with the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local assistance services.

We have also included books in this kit that represent the kind of materials that libraries should consider including in their collections that supply valuable reentry information for formerly incarcerated people. 

  • The Ex-Offender’s Guides including:
  • The Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s Reentry Success Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s New Job Finding  & Survival Guide
  • Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders
  • Jails to Jobs : Seven Steps to Becoming Employed 
  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment Success : The Key to Getting and Keeping a Job 

People learning about the experience of transitioning from prison or jail to community 

  • Participate in a facilitated transition simulation game
  • Take part in a community conversation
  • Create Transition Kits for distribution to people who were recently released from prison or jail
  • Participate in a book club event to read and discuss issue-related works
  • Participate in a discussion of an issue-related video.

We have also included books in this kit that could be part of a community conversation or can provide deeper discussion topics for these issues and represent the kind of materials that libraries can include in their collections.

Books focused on current policy and its impact:

  • The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma by Andrea M. Leverentz 
  • On the Outside by David J. Harding
  • Convicted and Condemned by Keesha Middlemass
  • Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Homeword by Bruce Western
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr

First-person narratives from justice-involved people about their experiences 

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Becoming Ms. Burton by Cari Lynn and Susan Burton
  • Out of Orange by Clearly Wolters
  • The Upside of Fear by Weldon Long
  • American Prison by Shane Bauer

Internal staff

Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative, and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around incarceration, and strengthen community ties. Library staff can

  • participate in a facilitated transition simulation game 
  • review best practices for serving the formerly incarcerated
  • establish partnerships with community service providers
  • research local services for people who need them
  • create resource lists and maps for takeaway
  • organize, promote and facilitate a community conversation
  • organize and facilitate a book club event to read and discuss issue-related works
  • organize and facilitate discussion of an issue-related video.

Resource Kit 

Admin Stuff:

  • Kit red binder with information and activities.
  • Red key-shaped USB “flash” drive (contains electronic versions of the kit contents were appropriate).
  • The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to solving problems… A book to help staff work with patrons experiencing homelessness more effectively.
  • Compassionate Tools for Reducing Problem. (Laminated). A quick guide for staff when working with chronically homeless individuals.
  • Buttons for staff.  Please keep and share.
  • Clipboard with evaluation form to complete (we really want your feedback).

Activity Props:

  • Simulation Activity:  Home Sweet Homelessness game in “pizza” box for organized game play with patrons in the library.
    • Home Sweet Homelessness game white binder
    • Plastic zip top bag with game pieces
  • Care Kit Creation Activity:
    • Laminated care kit creation activity sheet
    • Sample care kit
  • Tell Your Story Activity:
    • Laminated StoryCorp guide sheets for audio recording guidance
  • Book Club discussion Activity:
    • CSL Book Club suggestion – Crenshaw (book)
  • Storytime Activity:
    • Fly Away Home (book)

Sample books for possible inclusion in your collection:

  • Sample books Children’s books for patrons.
    • A Shelter in Our Car
    • Maddi’s Fridge
    • Lilly and the Paper Man
    • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
    • The Lunch Thief
  • Sample books for adult patrons
    • Tell Them Who I am:  The Lives of Homeless Women
    • Evicted:  Poverty and Profit and the American City

Community Conversation Tools:

Fostering Dialog – Access the divide (spiral bound manual) providing step by step guidelines on facilitating large, potential controversial conversations with community members.

Download Binder ContentActivities, templates, and more

 

Webinar: Effective Responses to Homeless Issues

https://www.nicheacademy.com/blog/effective-responses-to-homelessness
Originally presented September 8, 2016
“The challenges surrounding homelessness can seem overwhelming. The homeless people taking refuge in your library have intractable problems, maybe mental illness, maybe an addiction… Homelessness itself has deep societal causes ranging from affordable housing to income disparity… What can a library possibly do, right? Actually, a lot.”

Interview with Catherine. Catherine was an RN. Because of a bad marriage and lack of jobs, she found herself trying to survive on welfare. GR, or general relief, barely pays for food much less housing, so she ended up in a homeless shelter.

Best Practices for Conducting an Interview

Frontline Documentary

Frontline – Poor Kids (2017)
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poor-kids – Nov. 22, 2017 (54:37 minutes) SEASON 30: EPISODE 24
Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America

Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help! – https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/homelessness-in-small-and-rural.html 
A webinar hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.

Books – Children

Shoebox Sam by Mary Brigid Barrett. 2011. Grades 1–4.
Delia and Jessie spend Saturdays with Shoebox Sam, who teaches them about making old shoes new again and helping those in need.

*The Lunch Thief by Anne C. Bromley. 2010. Grades 1-4.
Rafael notices the new kid stealing lunches (including his), and uses his mom’s advice to use his voice & not his fists to resolve the problem.

December by Eve Bunting. 1997. Grades 1–4.
Simon and his mom live in the tiny cardboard house they’ve built for themselves. On Christmas Eve they don’t have much, but it’s more than the woman who comes knocking on their door has. Does their generosity bring them a miracle?

*A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning. 2004. Grades K–3.
Since moving to America from Jamaica after her father died, Zettie and her mom live in their car while they both go to school and plan for a real home.

Sélavi: That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme Landowne. 2005. Grades 1–4.
Haitian street children band together and work to create a life for themselves.

The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern. 1997. Grades K–4.
When two siblings discover a homeless woman living in their neighborhood, they discover how easy it can be to make a difference in someone’s life.

I Can Hear the Sun by Patricia Polacco. 1999. Grades 2–5.
A boy without a real home, Fondo feels lonely and unwanted. Then he meets Stephanie Michele, who takes care of the waterfowl at the pond and shares his sensitivity for nature. She teaches him how to help take care of the geese, especially one with special needs. When Fondo finds out he’s to be taken away, he looks to the geese for a miracle.

*The Can Man by Laura E. Williams. 2010. Grades 2–5.
Tim’s family doesn’t have a lot of money, but he really wants a skateboard for his birthday. When he sees Mr. Peters, “The Can Man,” who is homeless, collecting cans, Tim gets the idea to collect enough cans to pay for his skateboard, even though that means Mr. Peters gets less … it’s only until Tim’s birthday, after all. Tim really wants that skateboard, but a couple of encounters with Mr. Peters give him pause about what to do with the money he’s earned.

Books – Adult

*Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. 2016.
Chronicling the experiences shared by eight families in Milwaukee, Matthew Desmond shows the ways in which every day Americans struggle to pay rent. Facing the reality that the majority of poor renters devote over half of their income to housing, Desmond exposes the desperate means by which these families struggle to avoid eviction while also eking out a life of dignity. While Desmond captures strong personal stories, Eviction is backed up by years of deliberate research and fieldwork. Offering solutions as well, Desmond drives home the fact that it’s almost impossible to combat other social problems without first addressing the issue of affordable housing.

*Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women by Elliot Liebow. 1993.
Through this searing study of women in homeless shelters, Elliott Leibow disabuses us of the myth that the homeless are generally lazy and disinterested in altering their condition. Tell Them Who I Am places the reader squarely in the shoes of the inhabitants of a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter for women. Walking the reader through a day in the life of a homeless person, hour by hour, Liebow presents the obstacles placed in front of women who ache to regain the dignity they once possessed.

Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan Kozol. 1988.
As one of America’s foremost education scholars, Jonathan Kozol (known for Death at an Early Age and Savage Inequalities) also recognizes the challenges that homelessness brings to bear on American families. This 1988 title remains sadly relevant almost thirty years later. Pulling from his months he spent interacting with homeless men, women, and children, Kozol paints a stark portrait of life on the streets. The immediacy of his writing brings an unflinching eye to the issue of homelessness as a nightmare that cannot be ignored.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. 2005.
This 2005 memoir (which went on to be adapted into the 2012 film “Being Flynn” starring Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano) offers another look at the personal fallout surrounding the epidemic of homelessness. Working in Boston as a caseworker at a shelter, Nick Flynn met his father for the first time. Throughout his life, he’d periodically receive letters from his absent father — a poet, but also a con artist who’d served time in a federal prison for bank robbery — yet this odd twist of fate brought these two men together. This sensitive, honest, and darkly funny book provides a humane and hellish look at the ways in which people fall through the cracks, affecting their families as well as themselves.

Street People and the Contested Realms of Public Space by Randall Amster. 2004
The author examines the loss of public space as a consequence of increasing commercialization and privatization, resulting in the criminalization of homelessness, such as by the enactment of anti-homeless ordinances and regulations.

Other Booklists on this topic


https://www.carnegielibrary.org/staff-picks/heretohelp-homelessness/


https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/06/homelessness-in-childrens-books/


https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/picture-books-about-poverty-homelessness-and-hunger/


The Booklist Reader – The Booklist reader was created by Booklist Publications and the American Library Association


Doing Good Together – Chapter Books on Homelessness


Reading For Empathy

Website about homelessness

Librarian’s Guide to Homelessnesswww.homelesslibrary.com

Ryan Dowd’s website for library staff. Includes quick tips, an opportunity to purchase a course for all staff, and information on his book.

Spent – http://playspent.org

Spent is an interactive game that challenges you to manage your money, raise a child and make it through the month getting paid minimum wage after a stretch of unemployment.

StoryCorpshttps://storycorps.org/participate/storycorps-app/

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

National Alliance to End Homelessnesshttps://endhomelessness.org

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. We use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; we work with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions, and then we help communities implement them.

The Denver VOICE – https://www.denvervoice.org

The Denver VOICE is an award-winning publication, a member of the International Network of Street Papers and the Colorado Press Association. Their mission is to facilitate a dialogue addressing the roots of homelessness by telling stories of people whose lives are impacted by poverty and homelessness and to offer economic, educational, and empowerment opportunities for the impoverished community.

Hunger Free Coloradohttps://www.hungerfreecolorado.org

Hunger Free Colorado connects families and individuals to food resources. They have services to increase access and a hotline referral program

2-1-1 Colorado – https://211colorado.communityos.org/cms/home

Statewide database of local community resources. 2-1-1 Colorado helps Colorado citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, 2-1-1 Colorado’s goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources like food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment in your local community.

Office of Homeless Initiatives – https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/programs-0

Working in partnership with local, state and federal stakeholders to build, promote and support collaborative approaches to connect Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens with housing and services.

Homeless Shelter Directory – https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/colorado.html

Database directory of Colorado Homeless Shelters along with other homeless resources. Provides listings for affordable, transitional housing, clinics and low-cost affordable treatment centers.

Office of Homeless Youth Services (OHYS)https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/office-homeless-youth-services-ohys

Provides information, coordination, and support services for infrastructure around homeless youth resources in Colorado.

Websites about Community Conversations

Aspen Institute – https://www.libraryvision.org/

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to an online community working together to address the transformation of public libraries in the digital age. Access the  Action Guide, Version 2.0. Organized into three main modules—a Learning Pathway, Leading Pathway, and Implementing Pathway—to enable library and community professionals to commit to focusing on a specific set of objectives—one pathway at a time.

Harwood Institute – https://theharwoodinstitute.org/

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.

Public Conversations – Essential Partners – www.publicconversations.org 

Essential Partners has worked for more than 25 years to facilitate conversations and equip people for difficult conversations. Their goal is to foster constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs & values. They created the Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project book.

Everyday Democracy: Ideas & Tools for Community Change – https://www.everyday-democracy.org  

Everyday Democracy helps people and organizations build capacity to engage communities in creating change. They created the guidebook Organizing Community-Wide Dialogue for Action & Change Everyday Democracy

The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter – https://www.theworldcafe.com

Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. They created the guidebook Café to Go! A Quick Reference Guide for Putting Conversations to Work, World Café

At The Table Coloradohttp://atthetablecolorado.org

At the Table Colorado (ATTC) brings people from all walks of life together, during the same week, to participate in a series of free community-wide conversations about what makes their neighborhoods/communities/regions great and what can be done to make them even better

The Homeless: 39 Questions for Your Reflection – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kindness-blog/the-homeless-39-questions_b_5918736.html

Questions you can use in different activities and conversations.

 

Top 10 Things Every Library Employee Should Know About Homeless Patrons
Quick tips for librarians.

 

 

The State of Homelessness in America
The State of Homelessness in America 2016 is the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It is intended to serve as a desktop reference for policymakers, journalists, and community and state leaders.

 

 

 

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s Resource Guide on Public Engagement
Guide to having dialogue in a public forum. Includes descriptions of various public engagement techniques and resources to get you started.

 

 

Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide From Essential Partners

This guide shares general advice as well as very specific nuts and bolts tips for those who wish to convene, plan, and facilitate constructive conversations on deeply divisive issues.

 

 

Libraries Transform Communities: Community Conversation Workbook

This guide was created by the Harwood Institute and the American Library Association. It covers planning, setting expectations, and the responsibilities of an effective conversation leader.

 

 

5 Steps to Recording Your STORYCORPS App Interview
Tips to help you record a story or interview. Good to use with the Tell Your Story activity

 

 

 

Care Kit Infographic
Visual guide for creating Care Kits. Good for use advertising and preparing for the Making Care Kits activity.

 

How to borrow a kit
To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The loan period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at – https://forms.gle/MyRRnFyu97A1ZCxd6

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future.

Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit Contents checklist on the back cover of the included binder. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, or Gender Non-conforming Kit

IntroAudienceContentsStreamablesBooklistsWebsitesDownloadablesTemplatesBorrow the Kit

This kit is intended to be a starting point for libraries to reach and support LGBTQ+ patrons and members of their community. It includes several books for both adults and children, activities and programs for LGBTQ+ people including sharing their story, engaging and dialoguing with the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local services.

There are also several activities for those who are not LGBTQ+. Learn new ideas for starting a related works book club and story time events to help discuss LGBTQ+ topics with children, teens and anyone in your community.

Also included in the kit are resources for library staff to review programming ideas and best practices for serving the LGBTQ+ community. Key to this kit are resources to help your library convene a community conversation.

People who are LGBTQ+

Programs and activities for those in the LGBTQ+ community including telling their story, dialoguing within the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local services.

People Learning About LGBTQ+ people

  • Participate in a facilitated activity on assumptions.
  • Take part in a community conversation.
  • Participate in a book club event to read related works and discuss with others.

Internal Staff

Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around LGBTQ+ people, and strengthen community ties.

Library staff can

  • participate in facilitated activities,
  • review best practices for serving LGBTQ+ people,
  • establish partnerships with community service providers,
  • research local services for LGBTQ+ people,
  • create resources list bookmarks for takeaway,
  • organize, promote and facilitate a community conversation, and
  • organize and facilitate a book club event to read related works and discuss with the public.

Resource Kit 

Admin Materials:

  • Kit red binder with information and activities.
  • Red key-shaped USB “flash” drive (contains electronic versions of the kit contents were appropriate).
  • Buttons for staff.  Please keep and share.
  • Clipboard with evaluation form to complete (we really want your feedback).

Activity Props:

  • Interaction Activity: That’s So Gay Trivia Game for organized gameplay with patrons in the library.
  • Role-playing Activity: Coming Out Stars Game 
    • Binder Including Instructions, and Paper Star Cut-out Template
    • Paper Star Cut-out colored sheets  (4 sheets of each color)
    • Laminated Game Cards (12 sets)
  • Creation Activity:
    • Laminated Table Tent Master Copy (binder pocket)
    • History of LGBTQ+ in Libraries Laminated Info Sheet (binder pocket)
  • Tell Your Story Activity:
    • Laminated StoryCorp guide sheets for audio recording guidance
  • Book Club discussion Activity:
    • CSL Book Club suggestion –  Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Storytime Activity:
    • Julian is a Mermaid

Sample books for possible inclusion in your collection:

  • Sample books Children’s books for patrons.
    • Julian is a Mermaid
    • Who are You?
    • Sparkle Boy
  • Sample books for adult patrons
    • Is it a Choice?
    • What Does God Think?
    • Queering the Countryside
    • Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints
    • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves
  • Sample books for Teen patrons
    • GLBTQ: The Survival Guide…
  • Sample DVD for Adult patrons
    • Out in the Open 

Community Conversation Tools:

Fostering Dialog – Access the divide (spiral bound manual) providing step by step guidelines on facilitating large, potential controversial conversations with community members.

Download Binder ContentActivities, templates, and more

An Introduction to Transgender People
National Center for Transgender Equality
Published on Jul 11, 2016


Transgender identity, in their words
CNN
Published on Jan 31, 2017


LGBT Rights: The Power of a Single Conversation
Freethink
Published on Jun 12, 2017


Fifty Shades of Gay
iO Tillett Wright


Chris Edwards: “BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some” | Talks at Google


https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/happened-small-town-transgender-daughter-transitioned/story?id=53245389

Luchina Fisher: What happened in my small town when my transgender daughter transitioned


Best Practices for Conducting an Interview

Books – Children

I Am Jazz
Jessica Herthel
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. (Copy of book in Resource Kit, multiple copies available through the CSL Book Club Resource.)

Mommy, Mama, and Me
Lesléa Newman
A baby enjoys a number of fun activities with her two mothers.

Daddy, Papa, and Me
Lesléa Newman
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

This Day in June
Gayle E. Pitman
Celebrate Pride (or any day of the year) with this festive picture book.

Jacob’s New Dress
Sarah Hoffman
Jacob wears what he’s comfortable in: a new dress.

Books – Teen

Like Water
Rebecca Podos
When her father is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Book One (Graphic Novel)
Emil Ferris
“Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold”–Front cover flap.

If I Was your Girl
Meredith Russo
Amanda struggles with keeping her transgender identity a secret as she navigates life in a new town and new school after a traumatizing incident in her old hometown.

Books – Adults

Balls: It takes Some To Get Some.
Chris Edwards. Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2016.
A witty and refreshing memoir about transitioning, as told by Chris Edwards who corrects his gender from female to male. With a voice that is brave and bold, Edwards details his journey as a trans man living in a time before the term “transgender” even existed. You can access his talk on the Kit website – https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/lets-talk-about-it/lgbtq/#Streamables

Cuz: or, the Life and Times of Michael A
Danielle Allen
In a shattering work that shifts between a woman’s private anguish over the loss of her beloved baby cousin and a scholar’s fierce critique of the American prison system, Danielle Allen seeks answers to what, for many years, felt unanswerable. Why? Why did her cousin, a precocious young man who dreamed of being a firefighter and a writer, end up dead? Why did he languish in prison? And why, at the age of fifteen, was he in an alley in South Central Los Angeles, holding a gun while trying to steal someone’s car?
In this Ellisonian story of a young African American man’s coming-of-age in late twentieth-century America, and of the family who will always love Michael, we learn how we lost an entire generation. (Available in multiple copies through the CSL Book Club Resource.)

Autonomous
Annalee Newitz
Judith “Jack” Chen is a pharmaceutical pirate: by reverse-engineering prohibitively expensive drugs, she can make antivirals and other therapies available to the poor. Unfortunately, one of the drugs she duplicates is resulting in a series of lethal overdoses, and now she has to fix it and expose the truth about the corporation that created the original. Tracking down Jack is -Paladin, a military-issue robot from the African Federation, and his human partner, Eliasz. As Jack and Paladin’s paths bring them closer together, the black-and-white truths of the corporate and military worlds begin to bleed into gray. Jack’s liaisons with lovers of various genders and Paladin’s own gradual evolution contribute to a skillful inspection of attraction and identity that feels right at home in Newitz’s fragmented, frenetic society. The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters.

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
C. Riley Snorton
The story of Christine Jorgensen, America’s first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives-ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence.

¡Cuéntamelo!: Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants
Juliana Delgado Lopera
Published in a bilingual English and Spanish edition. Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBTQ Anthology. A stunning collection of bilingual oral histories and illustrations by LGBT Latinx immigrants who arrived in the U.S. during the 80s and 90s. Stories of repression in underground Havana in the 60s; coming out trans in Catholic Puerto Rico in the 80s; Scarface, female impersonators, Miami and the ‘boat people’; San Francisco’s underground Latinx scene during the 90s and more.

Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as An African Gay Man – A Memoir
Chike Frankie Edozien
From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity. On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the continent; the impact homophobic evangelical American pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule – pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos.

Tailor-made
Yolanda Wallace
Before Grace Henderson began working as a tailor in her father’s bespoke suit shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she established a hard and fast rule about not dating clients. The edict is an easy one for her to follow, considering the overwhelming majority of the shop’s clients are men. But when Dakota Lane contacts her to commission a suit to wear to her sister’s wedding, Grace finds herself tempted to throw all the rules out the window. Dakota Lane works as a bicycle messenger by day and moonlights as a male model. Her high-profile career, gender-bending looks, and hard-partying ways garner her plenty of romantic attention, but she would rather play the field than settle down. When she meets sexy tailor Grace Henderson, however, she suddenly finds herself in the market for much more than a custom suit.

Other Booklists on this topic

Stonewall Book Awards: http://www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/award/stonewall
Rainbow Book List: https://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/
Over the Rainbow Book List: https://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/

Colorado LGBTQ+ Resources

Statewide

Colorado Name Change Projectwww.namechangeproject.org

Their goal is to help navigate Colorado’s court system as well as Federal and State Agencies to quickly and easily change your legal name and/or gender marker.

Colorado Queer Youth Summit http://www.coqueeryouthsummit.org/

The summit is held each Winter, bringing over 200 youth to participate in youth-led and co-led workshops. It was established in 2008 by a coalition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, pansexual, queer, two-spirit, same-gender-loving, and ally youth-serving organizations. The coalition seeks to create a space that is “For Youth – By Youth” with intentional focus on providing youth the support to realize their own potential, recognizing that strong communities are best build from within. Many resources listed on the website.

Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) – https://www.colorado.gov/cssrc

The mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) is to assist educators, emergency responders, community organizations, school mental health professionals, parents and students to create safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre K-12 and higher education schools. They have online trainings and tools.

One Colorado – http://www.one-colorado.org/

A statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans and their families.  They work toward this goal by effectively advocating for LGBT Coloradans and their families, lobbying the General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, relationship recognition, and LGBT health and human services.  Their vision is a fair and just Colorado.

PAVES (Polysexual Alliance for Visibility, Education, and Support) – https://paves.ngo/

The mission of PAVES is to, through outreach and awareness campaigns, ensure that polysexual individuals know they are not forgotten and are never alone.

SAGE of the Rockies – http://www.glbtcolorado.org/sage/

Offers activities and events that focus on health, housing, legal and financial planning, legacy, and social connection, specifically for LGBT persons age 50+.  The Center and OutBoulder are affiliate members of the nation wide network, enabling them to administer the programs in their respective communities.

Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL) – http://solcolorado.org/

(Physically located in Denver, but services statewide) Formerly known as Colorado Anti-Violence Program, offers support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, and questioning (LGBTIQ) victims of violence and hate crimes, as well as educational resources for the community.

Trans Youth Education Support (TYES) – https://youthseen.org/tyes/

TYES is a Colorado statewide group supporting all gender expansive (non-binary & binary transgender, gender fluid, gender questioning, genderqueer, agender, bigender, pangender) youth and their families. TYES is dedicated to helping parents support their gender expansive youth, and to help families find the information, resources, and understanding they need.

Regional

Boulder & Longmont

BOULDER VALLEY SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION – http://www.bouldersafeschools.org/

(Located in Boulder) A volunteer group working to make Boulder Valley schools safe and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning students, parents, and staff.

OASOS (Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity Support) – http://pflagboulder.org/pflag-resources/oasos/

(Located in Boulder County) OASOS provides advocacy and weekly education/support/activity groups for LGBT youth ages 13-20 in Boulder and Longmont.

The Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Support (OASOS) Program – http://www.bouldercounty.org/family/lgbtiq/pages/oasos.aspx

(location Longmont) offers free and confidential services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth, including: peer support groups in Boulder and Longmont, advocacy and a variety of support/counseling services, referrals to health and community services, free testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and more.

Out Boulder – http://www.outboulder.org/Calendar/Transgender

(located in Boulder) Has several Transgender Support Group meetings and activities which include the Longmont area, for more information, visit their website.

Project Visibility – http://www.bouldercounty.org/family/seniors/pages/projvis.aspx

(Physically located in Boulder with Statewide availability ) An award-winning training for service providers that highlights the lives, needs, and concerns of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders in Boulder County. The training consists of a 20-minute video, power point presentation, and discussion.

St. Vrain Safe Schools Coalition – No website

(Located  in Longmont) monthly meetings 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Call 303-678-6259 for more information. Article: “Students work for safer schools” at: http://counseling.stvrain.k12.co.us/safeschools1.pdf

Colorado Springs

Inside/Out Youth Services – http://www.insideoutys.org

(Located in Colorado Springs) Inside/Out Youth Services is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their mission is to support at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth.

PAGE, Peak Area Gender Expressions – http://cospage.wix.com/pagecosprings

(located in Colorado Springs)  They offer support groups for transgender people, friends and family.  This group is socially focused with opportunities to express yourself in public outings with experienced individuals of like mind.  They also have resources concerning transgender issues including, health, legal, activism, and shopping in the Colorado Springs area.  They meet 7pm the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church. They also have Support groups for GenderQueer (Building Real Identities anD Gender Expressions – BRIDGE group), SOFFA (Family Group), and Military.

Denver

Gender Identity Center of Coloradowww.giccolorado.org

(Located in Denver with Statewide availability for some services)  They have recently expanded services focusing on Counseling, Support, and Education.  They offer low cost (sliding scale) counseling and guidance in transition by professionals.  Counseling is available now over Skype with the first two appointments in person. A Speakers Bureau offers speakers to educate any group about Transgender or related subjects.  Contact to schedule an informative presentation. Support groups meet throughout the week and special events occur throughout the month.

The GLBT Centerhttp://www.glbtcolorado.org/

(Located in Denver) GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center) opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today they are focused on fulfilling their mission by ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

GLBT Center of Colorado Transgender Programswww.glbtcolorado.org/transgender

(located in Denver) The Center provides programming, support and services tailored for Colorado’s transgender community. These include weekly transgender social and support programs, a transgender speakers bureau, and ongoing educational and networking sessions throughout the year.

PFLAG Denverhttp://www.pflagdenver.org/

Offers specialized support for persons striving to understand a loved one’s sexual orientation or gender expression and associated issues. A New Families Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in Denver.  There is also a Open to All Support Group at the same time – 6:30 PM. These times do occasionally vary, so check the current newsletter, website calendar, or call to confirm this month’s schedule. There are 6 other groups within Colorado so check the main website for a list.

Rainbow Alleyhttp://www.glbtcolorado.org/site/c.anKIIPNtEqG/b.487673/k.D904/Youth.htm

(Located in Denver) 24hr. crisis pager for young LGBTQ youth in crisis: 303-461-1650 Rainbow Alley is Denver’s only drop-in center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning young people, 12-21 years of age.

TransActionhttp://www.ittakesavillagecolorado.org/programs/transaction.htm

(located in east Denver off Colfax Ave)  Join their exciting, fun, and educational programs where they share information, support each other and learn how to stay healthy, safe, and proactive. They meet every Wednesday from 3-5 pm. Free HIV and STD testing is offered every day from 10am until 3pm.

TRUE Center at Children’s Hospital
https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/endocrinology/true-gender-diversity-center/

(Located in Denver ) The only comprehensive care center in the Rocky Mountain region specifically set up for gender-diverse children, adolescents and young adults. They embrace you for who you are, so you can become who you’ve been all along: your true self.

Fort Collins

Lambda Community Center/Rainbow Peaks Youth Group – http://www.lambdacenter.org

(Located in Fort Collins) Their mission is too offer education for the LGBT and straight community, develop out-reach and collaboration with other agencies, work towards membership involvement, and be involved in political advocacy for equal treatment under the law.  Sunday: Rainbow Peaks Youth Group (20 and under.)

NoCoPride – https://nocopride.wordpress.com/

Support groups and other social activities in the Fort Collins area are now found at NoCoPride.com.  Eclectic Transgender Support & Social Group is the place for education, support, and social activities for the Transgender/Genderqueer/Intersex community of Northern Colorado. They have a new public Facebook page “Eclectic of Northern Colorado”.

Pueblo

Outfront Pueblo – sponsored by The Southern Colorado Equality Alliance (SCEA) http://www.socoequality.org/outfrontyouthgroup.htm

A safe place for LGBTQ youth ages 15-21 to have fun and meet new people.  A Support Group: 2nd and 4th Friday at 5:30 pm. This group is designed for your need of support. Various topics are discussed. Recreation activities and social events at least every last Saturday of the month at 6pm.

Pueblo Trans Support Group – No website

(located in Pueblo) Transgender Support Group: Meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 6pm at the Colorado Wins building. This is a safe and moderated open drop-in support group for those who may be questioning their gender or feel that their gender or sexual identity falls somewhere outside of societies perceived parameters of gender. This is a safe space and forum for those who identify as Gender Queer, Gender Variant, Bi-gendered, Pan-gendered, Trans Butch, Trans Fem., Transgender, Transsexual, FTM, MTF, or identify with multiple genders or shun all.

National LGBTQ+ Resources

General

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – http://www.hrc.org/

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, envisions an America where :LGBTpeople are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies in Congress, provides campaign support to fair-minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting LGBT Americans, including relationship recognition, workplace, family, and health issues. The HRC Foundation engages in research and provides public education and programming.

The LGBT National Help Center – http://www.glnh.org/

The LGBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. Their Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996, is a primary program of the LGBT National Help Center. They have 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.

National LGBTQ Task Force – www.thetaskforce.org

The National LGBTQ Task Force is the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group. Their mission is to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people by building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives.

Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) – https://www.pflag.org/

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Support

Suicide.org – http://www.suicide.org/gay-and-lesbian-suicide.html

A non-profit suicide prevention informational and educational resource whose website offers support and links to articles pertaining to LGBT youth suicide. The site’s homepage also has links to multiple suicide prevention hotlines (with both talk and text options) and resources for suicide survivors and the family and friends of suicidal individuals.

The Trevor Project – http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

A national suicide and crisis prevention resource for LGBT youth, including a 24-hour hotline (866-4-U-TREVOR/866-488-7386), as well as a Q&A forum, live chat, blog, and many other resources for youth, educators, and parents.

Legal

Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) – Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)

Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) uses innovative strategies to advocate for the legal and human rights of children born with intersex traits. Their work is grounded in a sense of respect and compassion for the children, parents, doctors, and intersex adults involved.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) – http://www.glad.org/

Founded in 1978, GLAD works nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund – http://www.lambdalegal.org/

The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is the largest legal organization in the United States. Since 1973, the staff has worked to secure civil rights for gays, lesbians and persons with HIV via education, public policy work and litigation.

Transgender Law Center (TLC) – http://transgenderlawcenter.org/

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. They envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

Youth, Families, and Schools

Family Equality Council – https://www.familyequality.org/

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children. They work to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) – http://www.glsen.org/

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network is the largest national organization of parents, educators, students and other concerned citizens working to end homophobia in K-12 schools, and to ensure all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation. Their site details their conference calendar, provides a regional chapter locator, and offers a “tool-kit” or resources to use in schools.

GSA Network – https://www.gsanetwork.org/

GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.  “GSA” has historically stood for Gay-Straight Alliance, however many clubs have expanded the name of their clubs beyond the binary Gay-Straight terminology. Some examples include Genders & Sexualities Alliance, Queer Students Alliance, Pride Club, etc.

It Gets Better Project – http://itgetsbetterproject.com/

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

Students and Gender Identity – A Toolkit for Schools – https://rossieronline.usc.edu/students-and-gender-identity/

A collection of tools and resources to support conversations surrounding gender identity in the classroom. This guide is to help teachers, school counselors and school communities work together to create a safe and nurturing school climate for all students.

Trans Student Educational Resources – www.transstudent.org

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. Trans Student Educational Resources contacts schools, gets information, supplies trans resources and provides support for creating change in your school and beyond.

Transgender

Bathroom Bill Legislative Tracking – tinyurl.com/BathroomBillTracking

Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Legislative Tracking site shows legislation brought up in each state and where the States stand on the issue.

GenderSpectrum – https://www.genderspectrum.org

Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They provide an array of services to help youth, families, organizations and institutions understand and address concepts of Gender identity and Gender expression, including how societal, cultural, organizational and community definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person who does not fit neatly into these categories. They have many resources and trainings.

Legal Recognition of Nonbinary Gender (United States) – tinyurl.com/NonbinaryGenderRecognition

This is part of a Wikipedia page detailing State Legislation on recognizing a third gender designation on legal identification.

National Center for Transgender Equality – www.transequality.org

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice advocacy organization that works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society. Their website has information by state for name changes and gender changes on legal documents.

Veterans

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) – http://aver.us/

American Veterans for Equal Rights is the oldest and largest chapter-based, all-volunteer national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans Service Organization (VSO) in the United States, and the nation’s only LGBT VSO recognized by the Veterans Administration. It is a Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

OutServe-SLDN – http://www.outserve-sldn.org/

OutServe-SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. The mission is to educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.

Seniors

Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP) – http://www.gaylesbianretiring.org/

The purpose of the Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons is to develop and operate retirement communities that are openly LGB-friendly and to promote, provide and support education on aging.

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) – https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/news-articles/sageusa.org

The mission of SAGE is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.

To Survive on this Shore – https://www.tosurviveonthisshore.com

Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. A project by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre.

Bisexual

BiNetUSA – http://www.binetusa.org/

America’s oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) communities.

Bisexual.org – http://bisexual.org/

Bisexual.org is a project designed to introduce the Bi community to the world. They bring faces and voices of the bi community to the world, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.

Bisexual Resource Center – http://www.biresource.net/

The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

Other  LGBTQ+ Resources

The Power of a Single Conversation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmlfnr151rI

Published on Jun 12, 2017 by Freethink.  After Californians voted against gay marriage in 2008, Dave Fleischer, head of the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, decided he had to do something different to reach people. His team decided to talk to as many people who disagreed with them as they could. They connected with people using personal stories to  make a deeper connection with the issue. And the result of the over 15,000 conversations showed that talking to someone face to face could have a deep and lasting impact on people’s opinions on gay and transgender rights.

2015 U.S. Transgender Survey: Colorado State Report – Updated in 2017 – https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/wp-content/uploads/US-TransReport2015-ColoradoStateReport.pdf

This report discusses the experiences of respondents living in Colorado. It is the largest survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the United States, with 27,715 respondents nationwide

Facilitation Resources

Aspen Institute – https://www.libraryvision.org/

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to an online community working together to address the transformation of public libraries in the digital age. Access the  Action Guide, Version 2.0. Organized into three main modules—a Learning Pathway, Leading Pathway, and Implementing Pathway—to enable library and community professionals to commit to focusing on a specific set of objectives—one pathway at a time.

Harwood Institute – https://theharwoodinstitute.org/

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.

Public Conversations – Essential Partners – www.publicconversations.org 

Essential Partners has worked for more than 25 years to facilitate conversations and equip people for difficult conversations. Their goal is to foster constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs & values. They created the Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project book.

Everyday Democracy: Ideas & Tools for Community Change – https://www.everyday-democracy.org  

Everyday Democracy helps people and organizations build capacity to engage communities in creating change. They created the guidebook Organizing Community-Wide Dialogue for Action & Change Everyday Democracy

The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter – https://www.theworldcafe.com

Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. They created the guidebook Café to Go! A Quick Reference Guide for Putting Conversations to Work, World Café

At The Table Coloradohttp://atthetablecolorado.org

At the Table Colorado (ATTC) brings people from all walks of life together, during the same week, to participate in a series of free community-wide conversations about what makes their neighborhoods/communities/regions great and what can be done to make them even better

Table Tents
Master copy for use with Icebreaker Activity

2015 U.S. Transgender Survey: Colorado State Report 2017 update

This report discusses the experiences of respondents living in Colorado. It is the largest survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the United States, with 27,715 respondents nationwide

 

 

Coming Out As You

Created by the Trevor Project this is a coming out guide for teens. It includes a visual sexuality and gender spectrum, resources and support.

 

 

Coming Out Resource

GLSEN created a list of key points to be considered when coming out for young people.

 

 

Valuing Transgender Applicants & Employees

This report discusses the experiences of respondents living in Colorado. It is the largest survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the United States, with 27,715 respondents nationwide

 

 

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s Resource Guide on Public Engagement
Guide to having dialogue in a public forum. Includes descriptions of various public engagement techniques and resources to get you started.

 

 

 

Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide From Essential Partners

This guide shares general advice as well as very specific nuts and bolts tips for those who wish to convene, plan, and facilitate constructive conversations on deeply divisive issues.

 

 

Libraries Transform Communities: Community Conversation Workbook

This guide was created by the Harwood Institute and the American Library Association. It covers planning, setting expectations, and the responsibilities of an effective conversation leader.

 

 

5 Steps to Recording Your STORYCORPS App Interview
Tips to help you record a story or interview. Good to use with the Tell Your Story activity

 

How to borrow a kit
To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The checkout period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at – https://forms.gle/MyRRnFyu97A1ZCxd6

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future.

Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit Contents checklist on the back cover of the included binder. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.


Reentry Resource Kit

IntroAudienceContentsStreamablesBooklistsWebsitesDownloadablesTemplatesBorrow the Kit

This kit is meant to be a starting point to help libraries reach and support people who were formerly incarcerated, people learning about the experience of transitioning from prison or jail back to the community, and library staff serving these and other relevant populations within their communities. It includes several books for both adults and young adults, activities and programs that will help the community learn about and discuss incarceration as well as resources that will help library staff serve library users who were formerly incarcerated. 

There are several activities for those who have not experienced incarceration. This kit will offer new ideas for book clubs and story times that help discuss incarceration topics with children, teens, and anyone in your community. 

Also included in the kit are resources for library staff to review programming ideas and best practices for serving formerly incarcerated people as well as books to consider adding to your collection to create windows and mirrors for your community. Key to this kit are resources to help your library facilitate a community conversation.

People who were formerly incarcerated

Programs and activities for those transitioning from incarceration to your community, including telling their story, dialoguing with the community, and receiving resource lists and information about local assistance services.

We have also included books in this kit that represent the kind of materials that libraries should consider including in their collections that supply valuable reentry information for formerly incarcerated people.

The Ex-Offender’s Guides including:

  • The Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s Reentry Success Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide
  • The Ex-Offender’s New Job Finding & Survival Guide
  • Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders
  • Jails to Jobs : Seven Steps to Becoming Employed
  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment Success : The Key to Getting and Keeping a Job

People learning about the experience of transitioning from prison or jail to community

  • Participate in a facilitated transition simulation game
  • Take part in a community conversation
  • Create Transition Kits for distribution to people who were recently released from prison or jail
  • Participate in a book club event to read and discuss issue-related works
  • Participate in a discussion of an issue-related video.

We have also included books in this kit that could be part of a community conversation or can provide deeper discussion topics for these issues and represent the kind of materials that libraries can include in their collections.

Books focused on current policy and its impact:

  • The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma by Andrea M. Leverentz
  • On the Outside by David J. Harding
  • Convicted and Condemned by Keesha Middlemass
  • Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Homeword by Bruce Western
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr
  • First-person narratives from justice-involved people about their experiences
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Becoming Ms. Burton by Cari Lynn and Susan Burton
  • Out of Orange by Clearly Wolters
  • The Upside of Fear by Weldon Long
  • American Prison by Shane Bauer

Internal staff
Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative, and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around incarceration, and strengthen community ties. Library staff can:

  • participate in a facilitated transition simulation game
  • review best practices for serving the formerly incarcerated
  • establish partnerships with community service providers
  • research local services for people who need them
  • create resource lists and maps for takeaway
  • organize, promote and facilitate a community conversation
  • organize and facilitate a book club event to read and discuss issue-related works
  • organize and facilitate discussion of an issue-related video.

  • Resource Kit binder
  • Red key shaped USB drive
  • Quick Reads for Busy Librarians : Get inside : Responsible Jail and Prison Library Service Binder
  • Laminated 5 Quick Facts about incarceration and reentry
  • Library best practices for serving formerly incarcerated people
  • Activities & Programs
    • Overcoming Employment Barriers Board Game
    • In Your Hands: Life After Prison DVD
    • Parole Simulation
    • YA Book Club
    • Creating Welcome Packages
    • Tell Your Story
    • Children’s Storytime
  • Sample books for young adults
    • Courage
    • The 57 Bus
  • Sample books for adults about reentry for formerly incarcerated people
    • The Ex-Offender’s Guides including:
      • The Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide
      • The Ex-Offender’s Reentry Success Guide
      • The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide
      • The Ex-Offender’s New Job Finding & Survival Guide
      • Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders
      • Jails to Jobs : Seven Steps to Becoming Employed
      • Overcoming Barriers to Employment Success : The Key to Getting and Keeping a Job
  • Sample books for adults about current incarceration policies and their impact
    • The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma
    • On the Outside
    • Convicted and Condemned
    • Rethinking Incarceration
    • The New Jim Crow
    • Homeward
    • The Little Book of Restorative Justice
  • Sample books for adults that are first-hand narratives from formerly incarcerated adults
    • Just Mercy
    • Becoming Ms. Burton
    • Out of Orange
    • The Upside of Fear
    • American Prison
  • Clipboard with evaluation form to complete (we really want your feedback)

Download Binder ContentActivities, templates, and more

Breaking the Cycle

(11 min summary version)

https://arenan.yle.fi/1-3964779

This one-hour documentary dives deep into a comparison between the US prison system and the European carceral strategy and the impact each has on reentry and post-incarceration success. (full documentary)

Searching for Justice : Life after Lockup

PBS NewsHour’s next hour-long special Searching for Justice: Life after Lockup focuses on the many challenges individuals face after incarceration from reconnecting with family, to finding work and housing, to staying out of prison or jail. (full documentary)

Welcoming Decarcerated individuals

https://sites.google.com/view/ready-access/toolkit-for-libraries/welcoming-decarcerated-individuals?authuser=0

A short video created by Ready Access for librarians about how to make sure that folks recently released from incarceration feel comfortable and welcome in the public library environment.

One of the easiest ways to make formerly incarcerated people feel welcome at the library is to allow them to see themselves on the shelves by purchasing books that are about incarceration and reentry. This will also help de-stigmatize the topic for your other library customers. Below is a non-exhaustive list of books that have incarceration and reentry as themes for you to consider adding to your library shelves. The titles in bold are included in the State Library Book Club Resource program with 8+ copies available for 2 month loan.

Adult Books

Nonfiction

  • A Colony in a Nation by Christopher Hayes. 2018.
  • After Prison : Navigating Adulthood in the Shadow of the Justice System by David J. Harding. 2020.
  • A Knock at Midnight : a Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Britany K. Barnett. 2020.
  • Anatomy of Injustice : a Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner. 2012.
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis. 2003.
  • Becoming Ms. Burton : From Prison to Recovering to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton. 2017.
  • Beyond Survival : Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. 2020.
  • Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. 2017.
  • Burning Down the House : the End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein.
  • Felon : Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts. 2019.
  • Free Cyntoia : My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System by Cyntoia Brown. 2020.
  • Halfway Home : Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. 2021
  • Homeward : Life in the Year after Prison by Bruce Western. 2018.
  • Just Mercy : a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. 2014.
  • Life Sentences : Writings from Inside an American Prison by Ralph Bolden. 2019.
  • Marking Time : Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Nicole R. Fleetwood. 2020.
  • New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander. 2019.
  • Out of the Red : My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption by Christian L. Bolden. 2020.
  • Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar. 2021.
  • Pushout : the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. 2015.
  • Solitary : Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement : My Story of Transformation and Hope by Albert Woodfox. 2021.
  • The Color of Law : a Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. 2018.
  • The Prisoner’s Wife : a Memoir by Asha Bandele. 1999.
  • The Sun Does Shine : How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton. 2018.
  • United States of Grace : a Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope by Lenny Duncan. 2021.

Fiction

  • An American Marriage by Tayrari Jones. 2018.
  • Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Crosby. 2020.
  • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantoss. 2002.
  • On the Yard by Malcolm Braly. 1967.
  • Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman. 2019
  • Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. 982.
  • Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 2017.
  • The 25th Hour by David Benioff. 2000.
  • The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins. 2017.
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King. 1996.
  • The Keep by Jennifer Egan. 2006.
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. 2018.
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 2019.
  • The Right Mistake by Walter Mosley. 2008.

Young Adult Books

  • Allegedly : a Novel by Tiffany D. Jackson. 2018.
  • Buck : a Memoir by Molefi K. Asante. 2013.
  • Cuz by Danielle S. Allen, 2018.
  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone. 2020.
  • Fighting Words by Kimberly Brukaer Bradley. 2019.
  • Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun : a Personal History of Violence by Jamar Nicholas. 2010.
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching : a Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith. 2017.
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. 2010.
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers. 2020.
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi. 2020.
  • Rikers High by Paul Volponi. 2002
  • Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin. 2015.
  • They Called Me 299-359 : Poetry by the Incarcerated Youth of Free Minds by Free Minds Writers. 2020.
  • Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri. 2011.

Children’s Books

  • All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon.
  • Almost Like Visiting by Shannon Ellis. 2016.
  • Anna’s Test by Whitney Q. Hollins. 2019.
  • But Why is Daddy in Prison? and But Why is Mommy in Jail? by Erika Ruiz.
  • Day We Visit Daddy in Prison by Cindy Similien. 2020.
  • Deena Misses Her Mom by Jonae Haynesworth. 2017.
  • Far Apart, Close in Heart by Becky Birtha. 20174.
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Jane Marks. 2020.
  • Hooray! Hooray! Dad’s on His Way by LaShelle White-Corley. 2015.
  • Kennedy’s Big Visit by Daphne Brooks. 2015.
  • Knock, Knock : My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty. 2013.
  • Kofi’s Mom by Richard Dyches. 2016.
  • Mama Loves Me From Awayby Pat Brisson. 2004.
  • Milo Imagines the Worldby Matt de la Peña. 2021.
  • Missing Daddy by Mariame Kaba. 2018.
  • My Daddy’s in Jail by Anthony Curcio. 2015.
  • The Night Dad Went to Jail : What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail by Melissa Higgins. 2011.
  • Our Moms by Q. Futrell. 2015.
  • The Night Dad Went to Jail : What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail by Melissa Higgins. 2011.
  • The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson. 2002.
  • Sing, Sing, Midnight by Emily Gallagher. 2016.
  • Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson. 2002.
  • When Andy’s Father Went to Prison by Martha Whitemore Hickman. 1990.

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Websites about reentry and incarceration

National Reentry Resources

Volunteers of America Correctional Reentry Serviceswww.voa.org/correctional-re-entry-services  

Services include halfway houses and work-release programs, day reporting, diversion and pre-trial services, residential treatment, family supports, and dispute resolution and mediation services.

National Reentry Resource Centerwww.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org  

Funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is the nation’s primary source of information and guidance in reentry.

Jails to Jobswww.jailstojobs.org 

Jails to Jobs is a nonprofit organization that gives previously incarcerated and soon-to-be-released people the tools they need to find employment including free work clothes and a searchable directory of free and low-cost gang tattoo removal programs across the US.

Career One Stopwww.careeronestop.org 

Career One Stop is a national job search page for formerly incarcerated people with local and regional search options.

Prison Policy Initiativewww.prisonpolicy.org  

Prison policy initiative is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that produces research and advocacy at the center of the national conversation about criminal justice reform and over-criminalization. 

The Sentencing Projectwww.sentencingproject.org  

The Sentencing Project advocates for effective and humane responses to crime that minimize imprisonment and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial, ethnic, economic, and gender justice. 

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshophttps://freemindsbookclub.org/about-us/resources-for-incarcerated-people/ 

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their voices, their purpose, and the wider community.

Colorado Reentry Resources

Remerg www.remerg.org 

Remerg works to connect people to community resources that help them realize their potential after getting out fo jail or prison by fostering connections to hundreds of resources and empowering people with advice and examples on navigating and accessing help. 

Wagees Colorado  – www.wageesco.org 

WAGEES stands for ‘work and gain education and employment skills.’ This is a reentry community grant program mandated by law to provide funding to community-based organizations that support people returning from incarceration. Wagees is a one-stop-shop for all reentry needs and has an extensive list of trusted resources and community partners.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalitionwww.ccjrc.org 

CCJRC is a coalition of over 10000 individual members and 112 organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform. Chief areas of service include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

Second Chance Centerwww.scccolorado.org 

The Second Chance Center offers care management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated people in reestablishing their lives and becoming successful members of the community. 

Community Re-Entry Specialistshttps://cdoc.colorado.gov/parole-and-re-entry-services

Community re-entry specialists (CRES) provide integrated case management and support services throughout the state to assist with removing barriers that interfere with successful transition including housing, transportation, clothing, hygiene, backpacks, work tools, employment training, and job placement.

StoryCorpshttps://storycorps.org/participate/storycorps-app/

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

Websites about Community Conversations

Aspen Institutehttps://www.libraryvision.org/

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to an online community working together to address the transformation of public libraries in the digital age. Access the  Action Guide, Version 2.0. Organized into three main modules—a Learning Pathway, Leading Pathway, and Implementing Pathway—to enable library and community professionals to commit to focusing on a specific set of objectives—one pathway at a time.

Harwood Institute – https://theharwoodinstitute.org/

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.

Public Conversations – Essential Partners – www.publicconversations.org 

Essential Partners has worked for more than 25 years to facilitate conversations and equip people for difficult conversations. Their goal is to foster constructive dialogue where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs & values. They created the Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project book.

Everyday Democracy: Ideas & Tools for Community Changehttps://www.everyday-democracy.org  

Everyday Democracy helps people and organizations build capacity to engage communities in creating change. They created the guidebook Organizing Community-Wide Dialogue for Action & Change Everyday Democracy

The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matterhttps://www.theworldcafe.com

Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. They created the guidebook Café to Go! A Quick Reference Guide for Putting Conversations to Work, World Café

At The Table Coloradohttp://atthetablecolorado.org

At the Table Colorado (ATTC) brings people from all walks of life together, during the same week, to participate in a series of free community-wide conversations about what makes their neighborhoods/communities/regions great and what can be done to make them even better

 

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s Resource Guide on Public Engagement
Guide to having dialogue in a public forum. Includes descriptions of various public engagement techniques and resources to get you started.

 

 

Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide From Essential Partners

This guide shares general advice as well as very specific nuts and bolts tips for those who wish to convene, plan, and facilitate constructive conversations on deeply divisive issues.

 

 

Libraries Transform Communities: Community Conversation Workbook

This guide was created by the Harwood Institute and the American Library Association. It covers planning, setting expectations, and the responsibilities of an effective conversation leader.

 

 

5 Steps to Recording Your STORYCORPS App Interview
Tips to help you record a story or interview. Good to use with the Tell Your Story activity

 

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